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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Microsoft rolls out its big guns

Microsoft is beaming after the official launch of Vista and Office 2007 to business customers. Microsoft is betting heavily on its two latest software releases and an estimated 90 million copies of Vista worldwide within the next year. The simultaneous launch of Vista and Office 2007 also marks the first time that Microsoft has launched two flagship applications together since Windows 95 and Office 95 over 10 years ago.

Microsoft notes that Windows 95 brought TCP/IP to the mainstream allowing for a huge surge in Internet activity while Windows XP made wireless networking and mobility prevalent throughout the computing industry. With Vista, Microsoft looks to push the boundaries of graphics technology and XML.

"These are game-changing products," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "It’s an incredible step forward for business computing in a year of unprecedented innovation from Microsoft. We expect that more than 200 million people will be using at least one of these products by the end of 2007."

According to Microsoft, its new software products are aimed to advance the industry in the following four areas:

  • Simplifying how people work together.
  • Finding information and improving business insight.
  • Helping protect and manage content.
  • Increasing security and helping reduce IT costs.

"During the last decade, Windows 95 and Office 95 transformed the way people work. These new products announced today are the most advanced work that Microsoft has ever done, and I believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have an even more profound impact during the next decade," said Ballmer.

You can go the following links to see pricing for Windows Vista and Office 2007. Both applications are due to reach retail customers on January 30, 2007.

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Roll 'Em out!
By jodhas on 12/1/2006 4:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
Roll 'em out! We all have our own likes/ dislikes for Microsoft. But Vista and Office is a welcoming change.

With each new MS OS release, I felt that the Hardware market hasn't caught up quite yet to the level of the OS release. But with Vista's launch, I feel that the Hardware isn't the bottleneck anymore.

All in all, it is an interesting day.

RE: Roll 'Em out!
By ksherman on 12/1/2006 4:49:29 PM , Rating: 2
As an Office 2007 Beta user, I can honestly say that I have never been so excited to use Word than I have been using 2007. It really is quite amazing.

I also used Vista RC1 for about a month. While I am less impressed with Vista, it still brings with it significant improvement.

Kudos to Microsoft, as you remind us why we love computers so much :-)

Now if only they were Free ;-). Though I would settle if MS could have put Outlook 2007 in with the student edition of Office.

RE: Roll 'Em out!
By Fanon on 12/1/2006 4:56:57 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I wrote two books this year using Word 2007, and while I did experience a few bugs, I absolutely loved using the program to write. Microsoft did a wonderful job with Office 2007. Here's hoping that the bugs I submitted are fixed in the final version =)

RE: Roll 'Em out!
By jtesoro on 12/1/2006 9:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't tried Office 2007 Beta, and I'm very intrigued how people can rave about a word processor!

Here's hoping to the unlikely scenario that our company migrates to this version soon.

RE: Roll 'Em out!
By kelmon on 12/2/2006 5:54:21 AM , Rating: 2
I absolutely agree. I'm running both Vista RC2 and Office 2007 B2TR and can say that, while Vista does absolutely nothing for me, I am highly impressed with the new version of Office and will definitely be picking up a copy when it gets its full release next year. Frankly, I'm struggling to think of a more significant update to the Office series since I started using back in Windows 3.11. With Vista, however, XP already seems good enough that I can't see anything that makes we want to hand over the cash for it so I'll pass for the time-being.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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